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Geneva Travel Guide

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Plan Your Geneva Vacation

Today the world's largest center for multilateral diplomacy and a hotbed of luxury shopping, Geneva was a postcard-perfect city known for enlightened tolerance long before Henry Dunant founded the International Red Cross here (1864), the League of Nations moved in (1919), the World Health Organization (WHO) set up shop after World War II, or the World Wide Web was invented here at the

European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN).

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Falling water The feathery Jet d'Eau, Geneva's iconic harbor fountain, is visible for tens of miles in every direction.
  2. Time on your hands Chances are good you'll leave this city of watchmakers with a new timepiece—for glorious old ones, visit the Patek Philippe Museum.
  3. City of God The Protestant Reformation moved through Geneva like a hurricane almost five centuries ago; the city's churches still bear scars.
  4. Block party The Fêtes de Genève gives everyone a midsummer break by turning La Rade into a 10-day smorgasbord of international foods.
  5. Exclusive baubles To wander the Rue du Rhône is to take a roll call of the world's finest jewelers–only here many are homegrown.
  6. Clink glasses Swiss wines aren't widely available outside the country, so take the opportunity to explore Gamays from Geneva and Merlots from Montreux at a café, wine bar, or restaurant.

When To Go

When to Go to Geneva

Hot and sunny with a slight breeze in summer, crisp and clear in spring and autumn, rainbow-prone in June—Geneva's weather, when it's good, is spectacul...

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